When your baby is first born, he is literally a little ball of mush. He doesn't do more than eat, sleep and fill his diapers. So, the moment that he starts to connect is a real game changer. For instance, having your baby lift his or her head on his own is a huge milestone. Your baby is getting stronger and you've both come a long way.
I remember when my baby boy did this for the first time. He was a few days shy of one month old, and I was walking him around on my shoulder after a feeding gently patting his back. I thought he was drifting off to sleep, but all of a sudden he lifted his head and seemed to be looking for me. What was happening? This once helpless baby was now controlling his own moments and managing to do a very good job at it!
While it seemed like it took a lot of effort for him, I felt so honored that he was doing it just for me. And while this gesture might not seem like much, us mothers know what a momentous occasion even the smallest of milestones can be. I think it partially has to do with getting a reaction out of this little human being who has been so silent for so long.